The sun is shining here in the northwest today. The air is crisp but not too cold. A perfect day for a run. A mellow day at home, working on chores, writing, relaxing. A good kind of day.
But as the world often does, it smacks us with pain and sorrow when we least expect it. I received news this afternoon from a friend of a tragedy in their world. And my heart breaks.
I am struck with the way we are connected when we love and care for others. That once someone truly has a piece of our hearts, we can’t fully ever get it back and there’s a bond that even time and distance doesn’t fully sever.
Now we don’t have to act upon this bond. Sometimes we let that piece go, forgetting we ever gave it away. When the universe shows us the link, we don’t have to answer the call.
But sometimes I think the universe reminds us were all connected. I had sent a message to this friend earlier today, asking if something was up. Having no way to know, that yes, indeed, something was going on. These are the moments when I’m shown that when you decide folks are a part of your tribe, it’s possibly binding. That perhaps there was a reason I felt the need to contact this friend; today.
As I grieve for my friend and wish to send positive thoughts, I heard this song:
Brother by Need to Breathe. This song resonated with me as I think of the ties that bind us. The ways we remain connected. And I thought I would share the chorus:
Brother let me be your shelter
Never leave you all alone
I can be the one you call
When you’re low
Brother let me be your fortress
When the night winds are driving on
Be the one to light the way
Bring you home
I have heard this song many times before, but today it hit me a little differently as I was thinking about how we are to be shelters for one another. We are to carry each other’s burdens and share the load. We are not designed to live this life in a bubble alone, we need others. We need brothers. Sisters. Sometimes we need to lean on one another.
May you hug your loved ones a little tighter this evening. May you be a fortress in a storm for those that need you to be. And may we show love to each other, every day.